[Note, 9/22/2009: A larger version of this commentary can now be found on the Living Church of God website. Go there and click over to the commentary section or click here to go straight to it: “International Day of Peace” — WGS]
It has come to my attention that today is the 27th annual International Day of Peace, declared by the United Nations. You can read about it here.
As I am very busy today (and this week) preparing for the Feast of Tabernacles observance, I don’t have time to say much, but I can’t help but contribute my own 2 cents to “Peace Day” by reminding us all of this truth about humanity:
“The way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” ~ Romans 3:17-18
Regrettably, I suspect that you will not find a reference to this fact on the United Nations’ Peace Day websites. (Please inform me if I am wrong…)
Peace and the fear of God — that is, the irresistibly motivating awe and compelling respect of God — go hand in hand. If anyone wishes to do something on the International Day of Peace that actually advances the cause of real peace, then I highly recommend that he dedicate himself to developing and embracing the proper fear of God and to praying all the more that His Kingdom would be established here soon.
In a real sense, beginning on the evening of October 2 and continuing through October 10, people from all over the world will be gathering at various locations to celebrate God’s “International Days of Peace” — the Feast of Tabernacles, picturing a time when Christ and His saints will rule the world giving it true peace, at last. Those who will be gathering at those locations will do more than celebrate; they will learn how to more fully live God’s laws of peace, themselves.
At the time this marvelous holy day season pictures, the famous statue by Evgeniy Vuchetich outside of the United Nations will be more than an elusive ideal. It will become reality.
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the LORD’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And all nations shall flow to it.
Many people shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
And rebuke many people;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.